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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)

The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Lieutenant Jacob 'Jake' Beser
Kim Darby ... Lucy Tibbets
Patrick Duffy ... Colonel Paul Tibbets
Gary Frank ... Major Tom Ferebee
Gregory Harrison ... Captain Bob Lewis
Stephen Macht ... Major Wiiliam 'Bud' Uanna
Walter Olkewicz ... Sergeant Shug Crawford
Robert Pine ... Captain William 'Deke' Parsons
James Shigeta ... Field Marshall Abehata
Robert Walden ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Alexander Sachs
Richard Herd ... General Groves
Henry Wilcoxon ... Secretary of War Stimson
Stephen Roberts Stephen Roberts ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Michael Tucci ... Captain Claude Eatherly
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The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enola Gay See more »

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Viacom Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Just prior to Christmas 1944, Tibbets attends a meeting at the White House with President Roosevelt and several high ranking military and civilian figures in which the casualties sustained by American troops during the battle for Naha on Okinawa are mentioned. The Battle of Okinawa did not start until April 1, 1945 and the city of Naha was not captured until some time after Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Paul Tibbets: Improperly commandeered an airplane...
Captain Bob Lewis: I was on official business.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Lost in the middle of a snowstorm...
Captain Bob Lewis: Do you expect me to control the weather?
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Didn't occur to you to use instruments...
Captain Bob Lewis: My compass was out, SIR.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Set down in the middle of a corn field...
Captain Bob Lewis: It was on the approach to the airport.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: So why didn't you use the airport?
Captain Bob Lewis: Because I was out of gas! It was one gorgeous piece of flying.
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Very interesting approach to the subject
19 October 2009 | by raymond-andreSee all my reviews

Hard to believe there are only two comments on this very interesting subject.

What was the attitude of the flight crews who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Where does the name Enola Gay come from? Is it true that one of the crew spent years in an insane asylum after committing this unspeakable act? Was the action justified? The book this is based on answers many of these questions.

The Japanese were using back door channels to find a way of surrendering with honor, or at least to surrender and preserve their Emperor. American diplomats were un-aware of these attempts. Presidential advisers estimated the cost of invading the Japanese islands in human lives (American lives) would be in the hundreds of thousands. How the numbers were arrived at is anybody's guess.

One of the crew members had a depressive personality and suffered an un-related nervous breakdown later in life. It has become urban legend that he went insane because of remorse following Hiroshima.

Enola Gay was the name of Colonel Tibbets' mother. It was common practice for bomber crews in all the theaters of operation in World War II to name their aircraft after sweet hearts, wives or mothers.

The actors in this mini-series do a fine job in trying to express the attitudes of WWII flyers and ground crew. It is a fine adaptation of the book and the preparation of the mission and the top secret nature of the job given to those young men is an important story that sheds light on why the bomb was dropped on human beings.


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